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Today’s Torah Commentary from Exodus 28:13 – 30
The Second Book of the Torah, “Shemot,” “Names.”
This weeks reading is “Tetzaveh,” “You shall command.”

Today we begin reading GOD’s continued instructions for Aaron’s vestments.

HE is instructing Moses/Moshe in the making of the “Decision Breastplate.”

Made of patterned brocade, it is set with four rows of mounted stones, totaling twelve stones, one for each of the son’s of Israel.

These stones are to be in gold settings, one for each of the twelve son’s, each having the name of one son engraved as on a signet ring, to represent the twelve tribes.

This breastplate was to be hung from the shoulders of the ephod, towards the front of the vestments, causing it to carried over Aaron’s heart when he comes into the sanctuary of GOD.

This breastplate is to serve as a constant remembrance before GOD.

Aaron is to wear the remembrance of each tribe of Israel over his heart when in the presence of GOD.

This is a remarkable sign of GOD’s love for HIS people.

HE has their representations made in the finest of gold and precious stones, signifying their importance.

We have read how Aaron is to be dressed for the sake of his being visible as the high priest, now we are seeing the pinnacle of his vestige is the “Decision Breastplate” representation of the tribes of Israel.

The centerpiece. All of Aaron’s clothing centers around the representation of the son’s of Israel, the breastplate.

This gives us a picture of how all that surrounds us of GOD only serves to point towards our worth to HIM.

Too many times we hear people say how unworthy of GOD’s love, blessings, even redemption.

Looking at the patterns of GOD here in the very vestige of HIS priest clothing, we see something very contradictory to that idea.

We see the very pinnacle of all that GOD will see in HIS sanctuary will be the representation of HIS people, the twelve tribes.

Yes, we were unworthy of all GOD has done through redemption, but is that really about us or about HIM?

HE chose to bring redemption to all of mankind, who are we to consider ourselves wretched, or unworthy, in light of all that HE has chosen to make available to us?

Isn’t that HIS decision? Hasn’t HE made us Holy, Sanctified, Worthy through acceptance of the Messiah’s redemption?

How can we as believers continue to look upon ourselves as unworthy, as sinners, as wretched, when HE has redeemed us?

No, we are not perfect, yet in HIS eyes we are loved beyond measure.

No, this does not give us permission to do as we will, but allows us the privilege to walk in HIS instructions, chasing after HIM, HIS heart, in obedience to HIM.

Does this not make us worthy? Does this not make us Holy?

Does following HIS commandments not make us sanctified?

Consider today what’s truly about you in your redemption and find that Yes, you are not worthy.

However, consider today what’s truly about HIM in your redemption and find that YES, we are worthy through the blood of the Lamb of GOD.

Take inventory of yourself and your attitude towards being redeemed.

The Word of GOD says, Behold, all things are new, we are a new creation in HIM, the old man is passed away and we are one new man created in HIM.

Does this give us permission to continue to call ourselves unworthy, wretched sinners?

If you are not following in the instructions of HIS word, then there may be some question here for you, however, if you truly follow HIS torah, through the redemption of the Messiah, you are no longer unworthy or unloved.

You no longer have the luxury of being wretched, or being a sinner, you now have the privilege and the responsibility of living in the manner of which HE has instructed us to live.

Believe me, this life is in no way unworthy, it is a blessing, a privilege and yes a wondrous responsibility of power, love, grace, mercy and peace.

Are you not the same as the son’s of Israel, one of GOD’s beloved, resting on the breast plate of the high priest?

What are your thoughts on these scriptures?

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